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Famed Landscape Architect Speaks at SUNY-ESF


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - A landscape architect who specializes in redefining small urban parks will speak this week at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

Thomas Balsley, a 1968 graduate of ESF, began his career designing the fountains that were the centerpieces of Hanover and Clinton squares in downtown Syracuse. He now works extensively in New York City and other urban areas, focusing primarily on small, open plazas. One such park on New York City's Ninth Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets, was recently renamed Balsley Park in his honor."

Balsley also has worked on projects at developer Donald Trump's properties: planning a waterfall at Trump Tower, improving a courtyard at Trump International Plaza on Fifth Avenue, and designing a new park along the Hudson River at Trump Place. In a less urban setting, he was honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects for work he did at the summer home of Martha Stewart.

Balsley will deliver the 19th Bradford Sears Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in Marshall Hall Auditorium on the ESF campus. His topic will be, "Urban Landscape - Into the Present."